The importance of fitness

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

It’s a new year and most people would have made resolutions, many of which will include a promise to themselves to hit the gym on a regular basis and to stay fit. Being fit and working out is essential for your overall health. Here are some reasons why you should stay true to your New Year’s Resolutions as we look at the importance of staying fit as the years creep by.

Sadly, we don’t get better with age and there is no elixir or fountain of youth that can save us from our inevitable decline. However, a twenty year study has revealed that people over the age of 50 who ran on a regular basis reduced their chances of dying early and delayed the onset of aged disabilities. Why wait until your 50? Grab those running shoes and get going.

Women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis in comparison to men. Going to the gym on a regular basis and engaging in some cardio for 30 minutes can greatly reduce the risk of this debilitating disease, which, the Arthritis Foundation Malaysia estimates, “over a million Malaysian women are at risk from.”

As we age are metabolism starts to slow down which means not all the keys nutrients from foods are delivered to the right places. By keeping fit and increasing muscles through cardio or weight, you’ll increase your metabolism. Just being slightly overweight will put you at risk or an array of health problems.

The thought of aging can turn most people’s smiles upside-down and be a depressing thought, to say the least. However, keeping fit by regular exercise will help push those thoughts to the back of your mind and boost your mood. Not only will your physical well-being improve, but so will your mental well-being.

Globally and here in Malaysia, obesity is rapidly on the rise. The Star revealed that statistics have shown that obesity among Malaysian adults it has increased by an eye watering 250 per cent over 10 years. Getting older and being overweight. Now that really is depressing as it puts you at risk of so many health problems. Keeping fit with physical exercise will help to keep their weight off and illness at bay.

Our sense of balance also becomes more unsteady as we get older and we have to take more care when moving about to avoid falling. Through exercise, we can keep our muscles strong so that they won’t fail us when we’re older and it helps us to practice maintain our balance. Keep fit and keep those muscles strong so that you don’t end up having difficulties getting out of bed or out of a chair when old age sets in or even worse, falling in old age which could cause serious injuries such as hip fractures.

Remaining fit will also help to keep your trusty ticker healthy as you get older. It will help to reduce your risk of various health problems such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack. In fact there isn’t a single organ in your body that doesn’t benefit from you keeping fit, so make sure you reduce your body’s aging decline by 50 per cent by staying fit.

 

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References:

Flora McCraith The importance of fitness retrieved 29th January 2011 from http://lifestyle.malaysia.msn.com/Wellbeing/Fitness/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4556578

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